On the Tube or in the Schenectady Gazette

I can remember, as I am sure many Schenectady County Sports fans can, seeing these on TV or reading about them in the Schenectady Gazette in the 1960s.

** Muhammad Ali stirred up a great deal of controversy in 1967, when he refused induction  into the armed forces and was convicted of draft evasion.  He was stripped of his title, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction, and Ali returned to the ring in 1970.

** I remember watching quarterback Roger Staubach scrambling for Navy on a Saturday afternoon, then going outside and trying to duplicate his scrambling techniques against my buddies on the wide open field below Yates School.

** Watching Pistol Pete Maravich light it up for 69 points against Alabama in a televised game.

** Watching the great Syracuse running back,  Ernie Davis , wearing the magical number 44 on his jersey, run over and around defenders for the Orangemen football team.  Davis died at the young age of 23 from leukemia.

** Sitting in my living room with my family and watching Roger Maris crack homerun number 61 in the last game of the season off of Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard.  It happened on October 1, 1961.

** Turning on the tube and seeing the happy go lucky Mex, Lee Trevino wack the golf ball in 1967.  It was the year he was named Rookie of the Year.

** I remember watching Johnny Unitas drop back in his black, high-top football shoes for the Baltimore Colts and firing bombs on target to the elusive Raymond Berry or speedy Lenny Moore.

** Watching the tall, rangy shortstop, Ernie Banks, play for the Chicago Cubs, and seeing him hit more homeruns than most players who have manned that position.  He belted 41 homeruns in 1960.

** Watching the 1961 World Series, and rooting for the crafty Yankee lefthander Whitey Ford, who set a record for scoreless innings pitched in World Series play with 32.

** Seeing Paul Hornung score five touchdowns in one game for the Green Bay Packers in 1965.

** On a summer day, in 1966, Jim Ryun set a record for the mile run with a time of 3:51.3.  It was 2.3 seconds better than the world record.

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